A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella
11/29/22; 304 pages
A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella is a very highly recommended heartbreaking and heartwarming literary novel following the lives of three people who have all suffered a terrible loss. Joella's first novel, A Little Hope, was on my list of best novels of 2021 and A Quiet Life is also an excellent novel.
In a Pennsylvania
suburb, Chuck Ayers,
Ella Burke, and
Kirsten Bonato are
all experiencing tremendous grief and loss.
Chuck's wife, Cat, has died and he is struggling with living
without her. Ella is simply trying to survive by working constantly while hoping for information about her missing daughter. Kristen's father suddenly died and she
has set aside her goals while working at an animal rescue center
and trying to deal with the loss.
This is a beautifully written novel that you will cherish as you
read each carefully crafted word and connect with these wounded
souls who are trying their best to carry on while under a great
emotional burden. Chapters alternate between the lives of these
richly portrayed characters in heartbreaking narratives until
their lives converge unexpectedly and emotionally.
A Quiet Life is very much a character driven novel. With
empathy, hope, sympathy, and emotionally accessible language,
Joella makes these character all realistic individuals you will
care deeply about. All of them are portrayed as fully realized
characters with great insight and realistic details. There is
great comfort found in the journey these characters undertake and
the healing they are slowly experiencing. In the end the
encouragement to be there for someone are words that can speak to
all of us.